Sarah Werner, cv

Below is a brief version of my c.v.; a full version is available here.


  • Digital Media Strategist, Folger Shakespeare Library (2013- )
  • Undergraduate Program Director (2006-13) and Scholarly Outreach Coordinator (2011-13), Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Associate Editor, Shakespeare Quarterly, 2009-2014
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of English, Georgetown University, 2003-04
  • Assistant Professorial Lecturer, Departments of English and of Theatre and Dance, George Washington University, 2000-01
  • Postdoctoral Lecturer, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania, 1996-98


  • Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • B.A. cum laude, English, Bryn Mawr College, 1990


long (monographs, collections, editions):

medium (journal articles, book chapters):

  • “Digital Scholarship and Digital Studies: The State of the Discipline.” Co-written with Matthew Kirschenbaum. Book History. Forthcoming 2014.
  • Othello and Theatrical Language.” Shakespeare’s World of Words, ed Paul Yachnin. Arden Shakespeare. Forthcoming 2014.
  • “Bringing Undergraduates into the Archive.” Teaching in the Archives, eds Heidi Brayman Hackel and Ian Moulton. MLA Options for Teaching. New York: Modern Language Association. Forthcoming 2014.
  • Where Material Book Culture Meets Digital Humanities.” Journal of Digital Humanities 1:3 (Summer 2012).
  • Audiences.” Shakespeare and the Making of Theatre, eds Stuart Hampton-Reeves and Bridget Escolme. Basingstoke, Hamps.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 165-89.
  • Building Community.” postmedieval FORUM: The States of Review. March 2012.
  • Rethinking Academic Reviewing: A Conversation with Michael Dobson, Peter Holland, Katherine Rowe, Christian Billing, and Carolyn Sale.”  Shakespeare Quarterly 62 (2011): 457-62.
  • “Arming Cordelia: Character and Performance.” Shakespeare and Character: Theory, History, Performance, and Theatrical Persons, eds Paul Yachnin and Jessica Slights. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 232-49.
  • “Firk and Foot: The Boy Actor in Henry V.” Shakespeare Bulletin 21:4 (Winter 2003): 19-27.
  • “Performing Shakespeare: Voice Training and the Feminist Actor.” New Theatre Quarterly 47 (August 1996): 249-58. (See also issues 48 and 49 for correspondence regarding this article.)

short (reviews, interviews):


  • Disembodying the Past to Preserve It.” Digital Preservation 2013,  Washington DC, July 2013.
  • “Digital Tools/Early Modern Books” and “Undergraduates in Special Collections: Beyond Show-and-Tell.” Penn State, February 2013.
  • “Material Texts and the Challenges of Digitization.” GW Digital Humanities Symposium, George Washington University, January 2013.
  • Where Material Book Culture Meets Digital Humanities.” Geographies of Desire, University of Maryland, April 2012.
  • “Tracing Theatrical Language.” Language Incorporated: Shakespeare’s World of Words. The Shakespeare and Performance Research Team, McGill University. Montreal, November 2011.
  • “Discrete Parts: The Relationship of Text and Performance in Editions of Shakespeare.” SCAENA: Shakespeare and his Contemporaries: Performance and Adaptation. Cambridge, UK, July 2008.
  • “Working with Performance Criticism.” Mary Baldwin University, September 2008.
  • “Textualizing Performance and Theatricalizing Books in Shakespeare Editions.” The McGill Shakespeare and Performance Research Team. Montreal, March 2008.
  • “Arming Cordelia.” Contestation and Renewal in Early Modern Studies: A Conference in Honor of Phyllis Rackin. University of Pennsylvania, March 2002.



Seminar, workshop, or panel organizer:

  • “Alt-Ac Work and Gender: It’s Not Plan B.” Modern Language Association. Chicago, January 2014.
  • “Non-Shakespearean Drama and Performance.” Co-director with Pascale Aebsicher. Shakespeare  Association of America. Boston, April 2012.
  • “Old Books and New Tools.” Modern Language Association. Seattle, January 2012.
  • “Teaching Print Culture: a roundtable discussion.” Rethinking Early Modern Print Culture. Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies. Toronto, October 2010.
  • “Editing in Action.” Workshop organizer. Renaissance Drama in Action. Toronto, November 2006.
  • “Editing for Performance.” Co-director with Margaret Jane Kidnie. Shakespeare Association of America. New Orleans, April 2004.

Seminar or workshop participant:

  • “Digital Resources for the Early Modern Book Trade.” Shakespeare Association of America. St Louis, April 2014.
  • THATCamp CHNM. Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, June 2012.
  • THATCamp Publishing. Baltimore, October 2011.
  • THATCamp: CHNM. Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, June 2011.
  • “Using Shakespeare Quartos Archive to teach copy-specific book history.” Shakespeare Association of America. Bellevue, Washington, April 2011.
  • “Shakespeare and Emotional Realism on the Modern Stage.” Respondent. Shakespeare Association of America. Chicago, April 2010.
  • “Enter from the Margins: A Study in Glossing Performance.” Shakespeare Association of America. Dallas, March 2008.
  • “Shakespeare and Cross-Racial Casting: Adrian Lester’s Rosalind.” Shakespeare Association of America. Philadelphia, April 2006.


History of the Book:

  • Books and Early Modern Culture: an advanced undergraduate level seminar drawing on book history and early modern rare materials taught at the Folger Shakespeare Library to students primarily from The George Washington University and Georgetown University (fall and spring semesters from Fall 2007 through Spring 2013; Spring 2014)


  • Introductory level courses organized by genre; Georgetown (Fall 2003), George Mason University (Spring 2002, Fall 2001), and the University of Pennsylvania (Fall 1997, Fall 1996)
  • The Gender of Shakespeare: an advanced level seminar on Shakespeare and gender and cultural studies; McGill University (Spring 1999)

Early modern drama and literature:

  • Studying Renaissance Drama and Performance: a graduate level seminar on theories and practices of performance as explored through Renaissance plays; GW (Spring 2010)
  • Renaissance Drama and Performance Criticism: an undergraduate advanced level seminar; Georgetown (Spring 2004)
  • Introduction to Early Modern Theatre: an introductory level course on non-Shakespeare Renaissance drama; Georgetown (Fall 2003)


  • Committee member, Executive Committee, Shakespeare division, Modern Language Association, 2014-
  • Committee member, New Variorum Shakespeare Committee, Modern Language Association, 2012-
  • Committee member, Program Planning Committee, Shakespeare Association of America, 2012-2013
  • Seminar member, “Introduction to the Principles of Bibliographical Description,” Rare Book School, Charlottesville, VA, Summer 2012
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Green Acres School, 2011- ; co-chair, Nominations Committee 2012-13; Secretary 2013-
  • Seminar member, “Making Paradise Lost,” Folger Institute, Spring 2011
  • External examiner, Senior honors, Swarthmore College, Spring 2011
  • Seminar member, “Early Modern English Paleography,” Folger Institute, Fall 2007
  • Seminar member, “Teaching the History of the Book,” Rare Book School, Charlottesville, VA, Summer 2007
  • Seminar member, “Remembering Theatre,” Folger Institute, Spring 2006
  • Performance Editor, Shakespeare Quarterly, 2003-2009
  • Manuscript reviewer for Shakespeare QuarterlyTheatre Journal, Shakespeare Bulletin, Blackwell-Wiley Press, Boydell & Brewer, Northwestern University Press